The focus of this workshop is to help children who are struggling to become academically successful. The benefits of education are boundless. Those who succeed academically typically live longer, and have less obstacles in life. We strongly believe that removing children from the vicious cycle of poverty will make the biggest impact on the number of future children and animals who are abused.
These workshops teach about fostering kindness, respect, and empathy for both humans and animals; Humane Education Workshops are great for birthday parties and day cares that are looking for fun activities. Custom lessons can be created to accommodate different interests.
The Following programs are currently in development and will be implemented in our community once we have a facility. Our Goal is 2018. Consider making a donation to help our programs get off the ground.
Participants will spend a time providing animals with basic obedience training and socialization. These programs focus on youth that are “at-risk” of homelessness or are behaviorally challenged, adults with developmental disabilities. Parenting programs are also available with a focus on teen pregnancy.
Through the help of animal assisted activities and obedience training, participants will strengthen their problem-solving skills and resiliency, communication skills, focus, learn ways to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. They will learn how to reward instead of punish, follow through on projects, and experience many more benefits. Functional literacy (reading, math, comprehension) and family outreach components are also included.
The animals in these programs that display service animal quality behavior may participate in a special training program before being adopted by the family who has been approved for a support animal. The animals may be trained to provide emotional support to children and adults with down syndrome, autism, or a number of disabilities and illness’. Dogs spend approximately one year training in this special program.
We provide the opportunity for youth ages 12 – 18 and adults with developmental disabilities to participate in a job development program designed to build and strengthen vocational skills in the following trades: Carpentry, Auto Mechanics, and Lawn Care. Starting with the most basic skills, participants can choose between several 4 week workshops or join a 6 month long program. After a minimum of six months, employment opportunities and Apprenticeship positions may be available to qualified applicants.
Besides learning a specific trade, participants will also learn communication skills, active listening skills, how to be assertive versus rude, financial management, professionalism, job interview skills, coping with stress and anxiety. Techniques that will be used include: Animal Assisted Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis
During these scheduled workshop cycles, we offer low-cost services to the public on a sliding fee scale that focus on providing relief to single mothers, persons with disabilities, and seniors 55+.
Youth will research different household stressors that often lead to pet abandonment, and child/animal abuse. An example would be a needed home repair the family cannot afford. There will likely be financial cuts (animals going to the shelter, not enough money for activities with children, working over time takes away from family time) and anxiety (may lead to physical, emotional, verbal abuse/neglect). The youth will then write and produce two short commercials (30 Secs & 4 mins) depicting their chosen theme.
Strengthening family bonds and building social support networks is an important aspect of our mission. These workshops focus on the whole family while introducing multicultural activities to our community. Next Workshop: Christmas Gift Making and Feast.